Download Full Text (46 KB)
Billy died in the crash of an Air America plane April 10, 1970. He was working as a "Kicker" of air cargo to General Vang Pao's Hmong forces at the time. Billy jumped at Missoula 1958-59, 62, 63, and at West Yellowstone in 1964.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Hester, Billy K. (Missoula 1958)" (2002). Smokejumper Obituaries. 1325.